Preview: Excellent Model RAHDXG.A.NEO - Mobile Suit Gundam: Sayla Mass 1/8 Complete Figure by MegaHouse

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

This is Meshi, here to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. It's been thirty-six years since the original Gundam aired and in the time since it's become a genre unto itself with as many spin offs as there are stars in the galaxy. Today's figure was featured as a child in THE ORIGIN but today we're looking at her as she first appeared all those years ago. Let's dig in!

Excellent Model RAHDXG.A.NEO - Mobile Suit Gundam: Sayla Mass 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

In the 21st century we're still far from producing mobile suits but as this Sayla shows our figure technology would give Zeon a run for its money!

Frankly speaking mobile suits had more curves than most of the original female cast. Thankfully MegaHouse saw to it that Sayla's body line was updated to reflect modern tastes.

Or maybe it's just that Earth's gravity brings out the best of her slim spacenoid figure. Forgive me if I'm overthinking this.

The fit's so snug that from back here these look more like white tights and a mini-skirt than a military uniform. Thanks to the space age fabric we're even able to see the outline of her butt through multiple layers. 

You don't have to be a New Type to figure out what Amuro sees in her--just the ability to stare unabashedly and a high vantage point. The retro-future stylings of her M71A1 handgun and outfit look great from up here, too. 

Like all the best sculpts her expression changes with the angle. From head on she's sweet and sultry, from the side determined and from down low wistfully reflective. How you choose to display her says as much about you as it does the figure!

That sad expression fits this alternative right arm part all too well. Goodbye, comrades! Goodbye, Lieutenant!  Goodbye, contents of my wallet!

Don't miss your chance to be the onii-san than Sayla never had!

(C)創通・サンライズ
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ. 

News Roundup for May 25, 2015

Heading Back to the Country

The trailer for season 2 of Non-Non Biyori promises more of the same, and what could be better than that? Normally this slice-of-country-life gag series helps me relax, but thinking about hearing nyan-pasu again is having the opposite effect! Between this and all the quality shows scheduled for next season I'm all set to spend my summer in front of the TV.

Official homepage: http://www.nonnontv.com/

Full-time Students

The sci-fi future of original anime Classroom Crisis predicts amazing things--colonies on Mars, mega corporations and high school students on salary! Our plucky cast study at an engineering school by day and work for an elite aerospace manufacturer by night. Look forward to Showtaro Morikubo as the hot-blooded teacher Kaito Sera, Ari Ozawa as the lead engineer Mizuki Sera and Sora Amamiya as the super pilot Iris Shirasaki when the show starts on July 3.

Official homepage: http://www.classroom-crisis.com/

Super Robots Get Real

It took them a decade after Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor to give us last January's sequel, Azure: Dead Aggressor: Exodus, which makes the six month wait for the follow-up seem like nothing. The second half of the second season starts in October and the trailer promises more mecha, drama, and most importantly, drawings by Emily.

Official homepage: http://fafner-exodus.jp/

Not Cosplaying Around

Meet the kooky cast of the upcoming Death Note TV drama. From the left, we've got Kento Yamazaki as L, Masataka Kubota as Light Yagami and Mio Yuki as Near (who is still a male character, but played a female for that extra androgynous charm, as near as I can tell). Have your potato chips at the ready when it airs on NTV this July.

Official homepage: http://www.ntv.co.jp/drama-deathnote/

Lethal Enforcer

Keep your Crime Coefficient down under Ginonza's steely stare. Now I realize why season 2 felt incomplete--Ginonza wasn't wearing his glasses!

mensHdge technical statue No.12 Psycho-Pass - Nobuchika Ginoza Complete Figure [Union Creative]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Size: Approx. H250mm
Material: ATBC-PVC / Base: ABS

Preview: Sekai Seifuku Sakusen - Sailor Moon: Ami Mizuno 1/10 Complete Figure by MegaHouse

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Meshi here, ready to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. The Sekai Seifuku Sakusen line of figures aim to take over the world with school uniforms. So who's the brain behind the operation? If I had to guess I'd say it's the smarty-pants sailor scout herself, Ami Mizuno!

Sekai Seifuku Sakusen - Sailor Moon: Ami Mizuno 1/10 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

Ami has an IQ of 300 and I (almost) bowled a perfect 300. Unfortunately that's as close as I'll come to having something in common with this self-reliant whiz-kid.

The gentle float on her skirt makes it look like she stopped suddenly to turn around. What is it that caught her attention? Maybe she's coming up with a song to help her friends remember the quadratic formula.

Brains, beauty and talent--most people have to pick one, but Ami-chan gets all three!

Uniform inspection! Does her outfit meet school standards? Skirt just above knee? Check. Big fancy ribbon? Check. Long socks folded over neatly? Double check!

An aerial view gives you a better look at the truth to materials found in her uniform. The skirt pleats, sleeve wrinkles and dimples in the ribbon are almost more real than the real thing.

Usagi-chan's looking sassy because Ami-chan is leaving her in the dust, both figuratively and literally. The top and the bottom of the class are both lonely in their own way.

Can you spot all the differences between the two? I'll give you a hint--start at their shoes, move up to the ribbon then to their heads. Of course, Usagi-chan's is mostly filled with air but all that hair makes up for it.

From this angle their curious fingers are mere inches away from a miracle romance! These pretty guardians have been reincarnated to fight for love, justice and most importantly--a spot on your figure shelf!

(C)武内直子・PNP・東映アニメーション
(C)Naoko Takeuchi
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ. 

News Roundup for May 22nd, 2015

Chasing the Dragon

Fate/Zero dream team Gen Urobuchi and Kinoko Nasu, light novelists Izuki Kougyoku (Garden Lost) and Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!), and illustrator Simadoriru sat down for six nights of tabletop role-playing led by Rental Magica author Makoto Sanda. You can read transcripts from their adventures in the realm of the mad dragon god on the Sai-Zen-Sen homepage, but why bother now that the anime adaptation, Chaos Dragon, is due this summer courtesy of Silver Link and director Masano Matsune (Assassination Classroom, Dangan Ronpa). If this preview is any indication I'd say they've rolled a critical hit.

Official homepage: http://chaosdragon.jp/

Gimme the Bird

Despite appearances Black Canary goes toe to toe in combat with DC's biggest baddies. The high heels and fishnets are just a handicap to make the fights interesting.

DC COMICS BISHOUJO - DC UNIVERSE: Black Canary 1/7 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

Pre-painted Complete PVC Figure
Scale: 1/7
Size: Approx. H265mm (including base)
Material: PVC (non-phthalate), ABS

Bac-Man Fever

Kenshin Himura and Soujirou Seta have fallen through a wormhole to modern day Tokyo and now they must lay down the sword to pick up the pen and work together as aspiring manga artists. Or at least that's what all the dojinshi will be about now that Bakuman is receiving a live-action movie adaptation starring Takeru Satoh as Moritaka Masahiro and Ryunosuke Kamiki as Akito Takagi, the actors who starred in the live action Rurouni Kenshin films as Kenshin and Soujirou, respectively. Director Hitoshi Ohne shows off his chops in this new trailer and proves that his moteki is far from over.

Official homepage: http://bakuman-movie.com/

Sith Cat Strut

Getting this Silica is a no-brainer. The only question is whether or not you'll be able to tame your inner beast upon unboxing her.

Sword Art Online II - Silica 1/8 Complete Figure [PULCHRA]

Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: 1/8
Size: Approx. H200mm
Material: PVC, ABS

Like a Bat out of Hell

Anyone can into get hell. How many have what it takes to claw their way back out? Joypolis begins asking that question tomorrow with its Hozuki no Reitetsu Dasshutsu Game. With a postcard and special souvenir included in the price of admission everyone's a winner, but those clever enough to solve King Yama's riddle get the added bonus of being guaranteed a job working for him in the afterlife. In today's job market I can't imagine a better way to invest 6500 Yen. 

Official Homepage: http://hozuki-tgame.com/